Rebels' Choice Awards Set For March 31

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
The 2014 Rebel's Choice Awards are set for Monday March 31.

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
The 2014 Rebel's Choice Awards are set for Monday March 31.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

March 17, 2014

TWITTER: @Rebel_Ready

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss will be honoring the athletic achievements of the past year at the fourth annual Rebels’ Choice Awards on Monday, March 31 at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for Performing Arts. The semi-formal event is scheduled for 7 p.m. (CT) and will serve as the kickoff for Grove Bowl week, which features the annual Grove Bowl on Saturday (April 5).

The event is free to the public, but a ticket is required. Tickets are available at the UM Box Office (662-915-7411)  Tickets can also be picked up at the Ford Center Box Office will call beginning one hour before the show.

The Rebels’ Choice Awards will include 19 awards in which the winners are selected by the Ole Miss Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). This year’s nominees, as well as past winners, can be viewed at rebelschoiceawards.com. There are also three additional awards which are determined by fan vote. Fans can help crown the winner of the Play of the Year, Game of the Year and Fan Favorite Rebel. Make sure to cast your vote on our fan voting tab. Voting will conclude March 20th.

"The Rebels' Choice Awards is my favorite Ole Miss athletics’ event of the year because it signifies the best of the best among our student-athletes and coaches,” said Athletic Director Ross Bjork. “Hosting an “Espy” style awards show indicates that we are seeking to be the best in all facets of our athletics program and I would encourage everyone to see our best and brightest on the big stage of the Ford Center.  Congratulations to all of the nominees and I wish them the best of luck on winning a Rebels' Choice Award”.

The event, which will be hosted by ESPN’s Clay Matvick, showcases the spirit and success of Ole Miss Athletics and Ole Miss student-athletes through presentations, performances and video productions. The Rebels’ Choice Awards will begin with a red carpet for student-athletes and athletic department staff at 6 p.m. with the awards program to begin at 7 p.m.

"It’s great to see how the show has evolved over the years,” said Assistant Athletic Director for Internal Operations, Dr. Jamil Northcutt. “This event gives us a chance to fellowship, reflect on the year, and celebrate the achievements of our sports programs with each other, student body, alumni, and surrounding community”.

Awards include men’s and women’s sports winners in the following categories: Most Valuable Rebel, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year, Team of the Year, Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Hotty Toddy Award and Community Outreach Award. New this year, will be the Bennie Abram Award. This award, given in memory of former Ole Miss football walk-on Bennie Abram who passed away, is given to a walk-on student-athlete who exemplifies the spirit of Bennie Abram.

Honors are based on performances from the calendar year. The sports of football, soccer, volleyball, basketball and rifle will be judged on the 2013-14 campaign, while baseball, softball, tennis, golf and track & field looks at 2012-13.

As much as the Ole Miss student-athletes enjoy the annual Rebels’ Choice Awards, Ole Miss coaches also look forward to the fun-filled event.

"Certainly one of the most enjoyable nights of the year is the annual Rebels' Choice Awards,” said Ole Miss head women’s soccer coach Matt Mott. “It's a great evening and atmosphere to recognize the past year in Ole Miss athletics. The production and show is a first class event!”

Head women’s tennis coach Mark Beyers echoes Mott’s sentiments.

The Rebels’ Choice Awards are something that has grown over the past few years into the biggest event for our student athletes,” said Beyers. “It is a fun filled evening where we can look back at the highlights of the past year and recognize those student athletes who have excelled. We are all so busy during the season, but this event gives us all an opportunity to come together and enjoy the show.”

The past 12 months have been exciting for the Ole Miss Athletic Department. The men’s track and field team concluded the year ranked eighth in the national rankings and Sam Kendricks claimed the NCAA pole vault championship. The football team concluded the year with an 8-5 record and capped the season by winning the Music City Bowl with a victory over Georgia Tech. Additionally, the men’s tennis team won the SEC West and the women’s soccer team recorded a school record 16 wins and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.  

The Rebels' Choice Awards is built into the celebration of National Student-Athlete Day, which is celebrated every year in April.

Established in 1987, National Student-Athlete Day is America's day to celebrate outstanding student-athletes who have achieved excellence in academics and athletics while having made significant contributions to the community. The day was established by the National Consortium for Academics & Sports and Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society and is co-sponsored by the NCAA.

Ben Lapane, track and field student-athlete and president of the Ole Miss Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) find the Rebels’ Choice Awards to be a memory that will last a lifetime.

“The Rebel's Choice Awards brings all of us together to celebrate our achievements from the past year,” said Lapane. “It's one of those experiences I expect to remember for the rest of my life.” 

The event is free to the public, but a ticket is required. Tickets are available at the UM Box Office and the Ford Center Box Office. Tickets can also be picked up at the Ford Center Box Office will call beginning one hour before the show.

Rebel Ready is the hub for a wide range of Ole Miss Athletics sponsored programs designed to meet the needs of student-athletes and their families. It is divided into six areas: Student-Athlete Assistance Services, Career Development, Continuing Education, Community Outreach, Financial Education and Career Transition.

Visit Rebel Ready for more information on Ole Miss’ Rebel Ready program.

 

07/15/2014 - Rebel Ready

Shackelford Nominated for Allstate AFCA...

For the second straight year, Ole Miss' Deterrian Shackelford (Decatur, Alabama) has been nominated for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, which is one of the most coveted and prestigious off-... Read More [+]

07/10/2014 - Rebel Ready

Bramlett Selected To NCAA SAAC

Ole Miss baseball player Brady Bramlett was selected to represent the Southeastern Conference as a member of the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Bramlett's appointment... Read More [+]

07/09/2014 - Rebel Ready

Track Volunteers with Horizons Summer...

The Ole Miss head track coach Brian O'Neal and assistant coach Greg Stringer opened up the Manning Center for the participants in Ole Miss' Horizons Summer Learning program on Wednesday (July 9).... Read More [+]

06/27/2014 - Rebel Ready

Rebels Volunteer with Horizons Summer...

The Ole Miss women's basketball team opened up the Tuohy Center and put the participants in Ole Miss' Horizons Summer Learning Program through some drills on Friday (June 27) morning. Read More [+]

06/16/2014 - Rebel Ready

Nall Begins Year-Long Internship With NCAA

Mary Ashton Nall grew up around intercollegiate athletics, specifically college football. Her father, Hugh, played football at Georgia and coached at Ole Miss and Auburn. From competing in the NCAA... Read More [+]

05/19/2014 - Rebel Ready

Nall, Nichols Make SEC Community Service Team

Ole Miss seniors Mary Ashton Nall and Alex Nichols were named to the 2014 Southeastern Conference Community Service Teams for women's and men's track and field, respectively. Read More [+]

05/06/2014 - Rebel Ready

Ole Miss Athletics Assists With Tornado...

Ole Miss Athletics delivered a 35-foot trailer stacked full of donations on Monday to help storm victims around Mississippi. Read More [+]

05/02/2014 - Rebel Ready

Ole Miss Gathering Aid For Mississippi...

Through the Rebel Relief Project, Ole Miss fans and area residents will have the opportunity to donate household and clothing items for tornado victims across Mississippi at various locations in... Read More [+]

04/15/2014 - Rebel Ready

Ole Miss SAAC Hosting Shoe Drive

The Ole Miss Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), is partnering with Purshoeing Joy to collect used shoes for children in Guatemala. SAAC members will be collecting shoes at Friday's (April... Read More [+]

04/02/2014 - Rebel Ready

Special Olympics Tennis Event Held At Ole ...

Ole Miss hosted the Special Olympics tennis event at the Gillom Sports Center Wednesday. The event was sponsored by the North Mississippi Regional Center. Read More [+]

Facebook
Twitter
Blog
  • Wallace Looks to Make More History

    Thursday, December 18, 2014 - Football

    Senior quarterback Bo Wallace, like his head coach, stepped into a program that had won just two games in 2011 and had lost 14 straight games.  Three years later, Wallace helped lead the ninth-ranked Rebels to their first nine-win regular... read more

  • Rebels Ink Nation's Top JUCO Quarterback

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - Football

    Official welcome to Chad Kelly, the No. 1 JUCO QB in the country from national champion East Mississippi CC. #HottyToddy-- Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) December 17, 2014 Just Sent My LOI In To The University Of Mississippi!!! Feel's Good To... read more

  • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Dec. 8-14, 2014)

    Monday, December 15, 2014 - Athletics

    Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewDec. 8-14, 2014Women's Basketball- The Ole Miss women's basketball team rebounded with a 88-48 win over South Alabama on Sunday. The win was the first after back-to-back losses for the Rebels for the first time... read more

  • Recapping Monday's Media Opportunities

    Monday, December 15, 2014 - Football

    Ole Miss Details Stadium Expansion Plans Ole Miss unveiled the master plan for Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, which includes two phases of renovation and expansion. Scheduled for completion by the start of the 2016 season, the expansion will bring the seating capacity... read more

  • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Dec. 14

    Sunday, December 14, 2014 - Athletics

    With final exam week on the Ole Miss campus, there was not much game action, but there's still plenty to talk about, as Ole Miss finalized salary increases for head football coach Hugh Freeze and his staff, and the football... read more

  • VIDEO: Ole Miss Volleyball Season Highlight

    Friday, December 12, 2014 - Volleyball

    read more

  • VIDEO: Ole Miss Football 2014 Season Highlight

    Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - Football

    Ole Miss Football 2014 Season Highlight from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

  • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Dec. 1-7, 2014)

    Monday, December 8, 2014 - Athletics

    Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewDec. 1-7, 2014Football- No. 9 Ole Miss accepted an invitation to play in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, where they will face No. 6 TCU on Dec. 31 in Atlanta's Georgia Dime.- Ole Miss is making... read more

  • Testing One, Two, Three

    Monday, December 8, 2014 - Academics

    While the Rebels have enjoyed a solid fall on the fields and courts and look forward to the upcoming Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and more basketball games, all student-athletes are busy this week proving they are champions in the classroom... read more

  • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Dec. 7

    Sunday, December 7, 2014 - Athletics

    In the early part of the week, Athletics Director Ross Bjork and head football coach Hugh Freeze reached an agreement on a new contract. In the late part of the week, the Rebels learned their postseason bowl destination. Here are... read more

  • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 13

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - Men's Basketball

    The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 13 - MSU (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

  • Rebels Finding a Rhythm after Trip to Florida

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014 -

    Ole Miss continued its strong bounce-back from a season-opening loss to Charleston Southern, improving to 5-1 on the season and knocking off two previously unbeaten opponents in No. 23 Creighton and Cincinnati to capture the inaugural Emerald Coast Classic. "We... read more

  • Bjork, Freeze Reach Agreement on New Contract

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - Football

    Athletics Director Ross Bjork and head football coach Hugh Freeze reached an agreement on a new contract, they both announced on Twitter early Tuesday morning. Terms will be released as they are finalized and are expected in the coming days.... read more

  • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (No. 24-30, 2014)

    Monday, December 1, 2014 - Athletics

    Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review Nov. 24-30, 2014Football- No. 18 Ole Miss won the annual "Egg Bowl" rivalry 31-17 over No. 4 Mississippi State in front of another sold-out crowd at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Saturday afternoon.- The Rebels finish the... read more

  • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Nov. 30

    Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Athletics

    Ole Miss collected a lot of hardware over the weekend, as the football team reclaimed the Egg Bowl trophy and the men's and women's basketball returned home with regular-season tournament championship. Here are some thoughts and opinions on the week... read more